Meet Alfa Cologne, a local musician who says he “writes loves songs to promote his perfume line.” To quote his Facebook bio: “Alfa Cologne records songs using his girlfriend’s iPhone, an acoustic guitar and whatever he finds to make music (brooms, leaves, dogs barking, laugh tracks) in Southern California, where he picked up surfing on couches.” Alfa Cologne has performed at venues including the Coachella Valley Art Scene and Whole Foods. For more information, visit Here are Alfa Cologne’s fascinating answers to the Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

A Bright Eyes-sounding band that an ex invited me to.

What was the first album you owned?

I exchanged my parents’ Mariah Carey album for a copy of FanMail by TLC

What bands are you listening to right now?

Notorious B.I.G., 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Pink Floyd, AIR, Beck, Serge Gainsbourg, Aphex Twin, and CocoRosie.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

There really is nothing. I would listen to anything, but nothing in particular.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Britney Spears, the Blue Man Group, Celine Dion, Boy George and George Michael

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Leonard Cohen.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Overland in Fallon, Nev.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Wake up in the morning feeling like P.Diddy,” from “Tick Tock” by Kesha.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Tonetta and Daniel Johnston.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would ask Slash about his experience in the jungle.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Tajabone” by Ismael Lo.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Bitches Brew, Miles Davis.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“CoCo,” by O.T. Genasis. (Scroll down to hear it.)

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A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...